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Atletico Nacional

Corporacion Deportiva Club Atletico Nacional is a Colombian football team based in Medellin. They play their home games at the Estadio Atanasio Girardot stadium which also serves as home to Deportivo Independiente Medellin.

Overview

The club was founded in 1942. Atletico Nacional was the first Colombian team to win the Copa Libertadores de America, they did so in 1989, and were also runner-ups in 1995. The winning of this cup was done in a special manner since all of the team's players were Colombian and thus Atletico Nacional earned the nickname of the "Puros Criollos."

The team has been at the top of the Futbol Profesional Colombiano ten times, winning in 1954, 1973, 1976, 1981, 1991, 1994, 1999 (when there was only one champion per year), 2005, 2007-I and 2007-II.

Atletico Nacional was home to international stars like Faustino Asprilla, Rene Higuita, Victor Aristizabal, Andres Escobar, Ivan Cordoba, Leonel Alvarez, Alexis Garcia, Albeiro Usuriaga, Aquivaldo Mosquera and others.

The team wears green and white vertically striped jerseys.

The team is actually owned by the Organizacion Ardila Lulle.

Nacional's Mascot is the Nacho with green and white striped as it is the team's uniform. Nacho was created in 1998.

For fifteen years, from 1989 to 2004, the team was regarded as the first and only team to win the Copa Libertadores (until Once Caldas won over Boca Juniors), and until 1999, the only colombian team to win any major international tournament .

Honors

National Honors

Futbol Profesional Colombiano

*Winners (10): 1954, 1973, 1976, 1981, 1991, 1994, 1999, 2005-I, 2007-I, 2007-II.

International Honors

Copa Libertadores de America

*Winners (1): 1989

*Runners-up (1): 1995

Intercontinental Cup

*Runners-up (1): 1989

Copa Merconorte

*Winners (2): 1998, 2000

Current squad

As of January 18, 2008

Reserve & Youth Squad

Copa Mustang I 2008 fixtures

The new season began on July 22, Atletico Nacional did very well after winning the Colombian championship last year, and they are a firm candidate to win the championship this year. After winning the 2007 Copa Mustang Atletico Nacional found a place for the Copa Libertadores 2008.

Fixtures & Results

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Copa Colombia 2008

Fixtures & Results

Copa Santander Libertadores 2008 fixtures

Fixtures & Results

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2008 Transfers

In:

David Cordoba From Cucuta Deportivo

Juan Carlos Ramirez From Santa Fe

Walter Jose Moreno From Cucuta Deportivo

Carlos Villagra From Millonarios

Francisco Arrue From Universidad de Chile

Out:

Victor Aristizabal Retired

Henry Rojas To Huila

Oscar Echeverry To New York Red Bulls

Andres David Saldarriaga To Cucuta Deportivo

William Zapata To Cucuta Deportivo

Ivan Hurtado To Barcelona SC

Aldo Ramirez To CA Monarcas Morelia

Notable Former Players/Current Players

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Jose Luis Brown

Jorge Hugo Fernandez

Nicolas Gianastasio

Tito Manuel Gomez

Hugo Londero

Hugo Morales

Raul Navarro

Jorge Olmedo

Oswaldo Marcial Palavecino

Atilio Miotti

Oscar Rossi

Miguel Zazzini

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Marcelo Ramos

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Fernando Martel

Francisco Arrue

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Leonel Alvarez

Juan Pablo Angel

Victor Aristizabal

Faustino Asprilla

Ivan Cordoba

Andres Escobar

Alexis Garcia

Herman Gaviria

Freddy Grisales

Rene Higuita

Francisco Maturana

Aquivaldo Mosquera

Jairo Patino

Luis Carlos Perea

Edixon Perea

Luis Fernando Suarez

Albeiro Usuriaga

Aldo Ramirez

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Cesar Cueto

Former Managers

Fernando Paternoster

Cesar Lopez Fretes

Osvaldo Zubeldia (1976-1981)

Francisco Maturana (1987-1990)

Hernan Dario Gomez (1991-1993)

Juan Jose Pelaez (1994-1997)

Reinaldo Merlo (1999)

Luis Fernando Suarez (1999-2000)

Carlos Navarrete (2000)

Jose Hernandez (2001)

Luis Fernando Montoya (2001-2002)

Alexis Garcia (2002-2003)

Juan Jose Pelaez (2003-2004)

Santiago Escobar (2005-2006)

Oscar Hector Quintabani (2006-Present)

External links

Official Website

Fans WebPage

Atletico Nacional

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